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The family and friends of Cooper Reed are united to raise moneyto help with his battle against cystic fibrosis. Please show your support!

My 9 yr. old son Cooper was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis April 2011. Since then life for Cooper and his family has changed dramatically. It takes prescious time out of his day to do all of his treatments and making sure he gets all of his medications he needs. For Cooper to spend the night at a friend’s house is almost impossible, because of the precautions he has to take on a daily basis. Cooper misses out on the childhood experiences that are taken for granted. I never heard of cystic fibrosis until my son was diagnosed with it. So we all had a lot to learn. On top of all the medical care Cooper has his own dreams and goals. As his mother I want the best for Cooper and will do anything to help him reach his dreams. Life is too short to waste any time.

What Is Cystic Fibrosis?

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that:

Clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections; Obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.
In the 1950s, few children with cystic fibrosis lived to attend elementary school. Today, advances in research and medical treatments have further enhanced and extended life for children and adults with CF. Many people with the disease can now expect to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond.

Some symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis

Very salty-tasting skin;
Persistent coughing, at times with phlegm;
Frequent lung infections;
Wheezing or shortness of breath;
Poor growth/weight gain in spite of a good appetite; and
Frequent greasy, bulky stools or difficulty in bowel movements.
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